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New research links fracking to earthquakes in cent...

In states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, hydraulic fracturing wells are more common than wastewater injections. April 26 (UPI) — Scientists have uncovered more evidence linking fracking to earthquakes, this time in the central and eastern United States. At the 2019 Seismological Society of America meeting, held this week in Seattle, researchers detailed the connection between hydraulic fracturing wells and...

US BEV Fleet to Average 300 Miles of Range by Year...

The average range of BEVs available in the US will reach an estimated 302 miles and have a median range of 293 by the end of 2023, a key finding from our updated and latest EVAdoption forecast. The current average and median range are 216 and 236 miles respectively and should reach 256 and 250 miles by the end of 2020. There are three key drivers of the increase to an average of 300 miles of range across the US fleet of BEVs...

Key Part of World’s Largest Ice Shelf Melting 10 T...

Parts of the world’s largest ice shelf are melting 10 times faster than the shelf’s average rate, and this could have worrying implications for sea level rise. The finding is part of a study of the Ross Ice Shelf, a block of ice about the size of France, which plays an important role in stabilizing the rest of Antarctica, as BBC News reported. “Previous studies have shown that when ice shelves collapse, the...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-fri...

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy. Four years later, Miller’s company has grown to 14 employees, but now he faces a real obstacle: action in the state Legislature...

Clean energy engineering experts share blueprints ...

Both new construction and retrofits can move to net-zero greenhouse gases and save money, experts report. Buildings account for nearly four-tenths of U.S. energy consumption through heating, cooling and other electricity use, according to the Energy Information Administration. And if that energy comes from fossil fuels, it releases more greenhouse gases that drive human-caused climate change. “If we’re going to make a dent...

Trump claims U.S. has ‘record clean’ air. A new re...

More than one in four Americans are being exposed to unhealthy pollution. People across the United States are breathing increasingly polluted air, according to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report. Climate change is a major contributor to worsening air quality, and the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to roll back environmental protections could make it even worse. The American Lung...

A Postmortem for Survival: on Science, Failure and...

Failing to learn from past mistakes is the only truly unforgivable mistake in science. And on climate change, the scientific community (by and large) has been criminally negligent when it comes to observing — and especially learning from — its own track record. This blog post is a postmortem in 4 acts: an anatomy of failure, so that we can hopefully learn, act and change. Fast. Act 1: Science as success Let’s get one thing...

Why nuclear power is important to Ohio’s present a...

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Ohio’s legislature is debating the future of the state’s two nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse and Perry. Together, they supply 13 percent of the state’s electricity generation. However, structural problems in the market for electricity are driving a corporate decision to close Davis-Besse next year and Perry the year following. In addition to their contributions to economic development and...

ACEEE debunks the myths behind the Ohio bill that ...

As the Ohio state legislature holds a hearing tomorrow on a bill that would effectively gut the state’s energy efficiency programs, we want to explain why the bill’s special interest supporters are flat out wrong. House Bill 6 would establish a “Clean Air Program Fund” to support Ohio’s aging nuclear fleet while simultaneously rolling back the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. It would...

Concerned that government is rigged in favor of th...

Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already negligible prestige while subtracting from America’s fairness. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-Mo.) hope to repeal the tax credit, which probably will...

Indigenous Peoples Go to Court to Save the Amazon ...

On Feb. 27, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to peacefully march through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and, most importantly, submit documents to the provincial Judicial Council to launch a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from auctioning off their ancestral lands in the Pastaza region to oil...

Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Giving Himself &#...

Crosby, Texas — During a day of fundraisers and rallies across Texas, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders intended to speed up the approval process for oil and gas projects. The orders also limit states’ ability to intervene in these projects. “My action today will cut though destructive permitting and delays,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at the International Union of Operating Engineers. Trump stated...

Zillow: U.S. Homes With Solar Sell For 4.1% More

A new Zillow analysis shows that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more, on average, than others nationwide in the past year. The sale premium varies by market: e.g., 5.4% in New York, 4.4% in San Francisco and 3.6% in Los Angeles. Zillow based its report on homes sold between March 1, 2018, and Feb. 28, 2019, that included any variants of the following words in the listing description: solar panel, solar...

100% renewable energy across all sectors possible ...

A global transition to 100% renewable energy is possible across the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050, and it can be done for cheaper than the current global energy system, a new study claims. The study from Energy Watch Group and LUT University of Finland outlines a path to a 1.5°C scenario that is able to achieve “a cost decline without the reliance on high-risk technologies such as nuclear...

The World’s Happiest People already Have a Green N...

According to the latest report from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World’s Happiest People. This year’s report, which came out March 20, pulled together the scores from the last three years to build a composite score, revealing that the four happiest countries from 2016-2018 are Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with Sweden coming in...

Getting physical: assessing climate risks

A series of recent extreme weather events — from hurricanes and wildfires in the U.S. to heat waves in Europe and floods in Japan — have put a spotlight on climate-related risks. We offer a new set of tools for assessing such risks to portfolios. Mapping the damage Estimated climate-related impact on U.S. regional GDP, 2060-2080 Sources: BlackRock Investment Institute, with data from Rhodium Group, March 2019. Notes: The map...

EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Not Top Priority

In an in-depth interview with Reuters Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler repeated claims that climate change is not the biggest environmental threat facing the world and shed some light on the agency’s plans to help the Trump administration boost fossil fuel development. The interview came a day after President Donald Trump signed two executive orders designed to speed up pipeline...

What a Real Coal Ash Cleanup Looks Like

The toxic mess left behind from burning coal is a growing, nationwide problem. But we’re seeing that state governments can be convinced to do the right thing and clean it up. Recently, North Carolina joined its neighboring state to become a trendsetter in the proper disposal of coal ash waste. Following on the heels of similar news in Virginia, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on April 1...

After a decade of research, here’s what scientists...

“This should be of serious concern to policymakers interested in protecting public health.” Fracking has been linked to preterm births, high-risk pregnancies, asthma, migraine headaches, fatigue, nasal and sinus symptoms, and skin disorders over the last 10 years, according to a new study. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process of extracting oil and gas from the Earth by drilling deep wells...

How this (Iowa) bill pits utilities against solar ...

Todd Miller gets the question at random times, day and night. It’s usually some variation of the same basic inquiry, said Miller, the co-owner of a solar installation company in Ankeny: “Any update?” The curious ones — other solar business owners, clients and Miller’s own employees — are asking about a bill moving through the Iowa Capitol that some believe will squash a small but growing industry in the state....